Subject: General Tech | December 10, 2010 - 11:52 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
SemiAccurate had a chance to talk with Terrance Shih, the current project lead on VIA's USB 3.0 team. They discuss the hurdles that USB 3.0 presents, which were not so much in the development of xHCI but in making the new interface compatible with EHCI and OHCI/UHCI that handle legacy USB 2.0/1.1
devices, something alluded to on PCPer Podcast #133. They cover a wide range of development choices, such as why they are implementing the controller to utilize only a single PCI3 lane and why VIA believes th
Subject: General Tech | December 9, 2010 - 12:14 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Plextor has come up with a half way solution for those who have picked up a 3D capable TV or monitor but haven't invested in the rest of the kit necessary to watch media in 3D. The Plextor PX-B120U won't have you gaming in 3D, it is a Blu-ray player with a USB connection for now, it also has the ability to connect to the as of yet unreleased Plexmedia media centre to act as a stand alone 3D Blu-ray player. The player is also capable of fudging 3D from a 2D source and upscaling definition, r
Subject: General Tech | December 8, 2010 - 12:15 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Somehow, even with the questionable image quality, the construction of the original Wolfenstein3D using Little Big Planet 2 is unbelievably cute. Shooting Nazis and being shot in return seems more satisfying somehow when LBP2 is involved and even the slow fade to red when you take too many hits just doesn't seem as sad as it did in the original. Drop by Ars Technica to see what one fan did with the LBP2 demo and just imagine what will be done with the ful
Subject: General Tech | December 8, 2010 - 11:40 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
DigiTimes has had confirmation from the major motherboard manufacturers that they have indeed written license agreements with nVIDIA for SLI support on their Sandy Bridge motherboards. For a quick refresher on just what it was that had nVIDIA attempting to take on Intel you can visit CNET; to try to put it succinctly, the death of the FSB and the rise of QPI and DMI has allowed Intel to take the position that the cross license ag
Subject: General Tech | December 8, 2010 - 12:14 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
City of Industry, CA – December 7, 2010 – Following the release of the N570GTX-M2D12D5, the fastest single GPU graphics card in history, world-renowned mainboard and graphics card maker MSI today unveiled the second member of the GeForce 500 series, the N570GTX-M2D12D5 graphics card. Using NVIDIA's latest 40nm process, the MSI N570GTX-M2D12D5 features a 480 CUDA core GeForce GTX 570 GPU, support for DirectX 11, and NVIDIA 3D Vision Surround technology.
Subject: General Tech | December 7, 2010 - 11:42 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
3DMark 11 is not just named like a new car model, labelled for the coming year not the current one, it is also a way to benchmark DX11 features. Tessellation
is tested, along with volumetric lighting performance and physics performance using the open source Bullet engine, not nVIDIA's PhysX so don't expect to see AMDs cards fall behind on that particular test. The other thing you should not expect to see are pre-DX11 cards completing the tests, Futuremark recommends sticking with Vantage as the new 3DMark 11 is designed specifically for DX11 cards. TECHGAGE did find some fr
Subject: General Tech | December 6, 2010 - 11:43 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
On Friday Josh posted a look behind the scenes of the changes in production processes by the companies that make the chips we all love so much and the effect it is having on the release schedules of their clients. While process shrinking is certainly a good thing, allow transistor density to increase and generally lowering power consumption and heat production. As he has pointed out, all is not necessarily peaches and cream when a Fab switches as they are generally starting not only a new shrunken process bu
Subject: General Tech | December 3, 2010 - 05:43 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
It is the time of year when our Forums begin to fill up with gift ideas and dilemmas, as our members try to decide which SSD makes the best gift, if there is a perfect eBook reader or even how to get the sound working on an early present.
This member is likely to find something heavy
Subject: General Tech | December 3, 2010 - 02:56 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Why should console users get all the cool controls, get your own motion sensing controller in the form of the Gyration Air Mouse Elite. At $70 the price is in line with high end gaming mice though a little steep for those just wanting to experiment with a new way of interacting with their PC. X-Bit Labs tired Left4Dead 2 with the mouse and were not impressed, but when they used it for Office productivity type tasks they were a
Subject: General Tech | December 3, 2010 - 11:57 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Soon we shall see the arrival of the 8th main iteration of Chrome which will include a rather useful security feature. They will be incorporating their own pdf reader into the browser and running it it what is termed a sandbox environment. You can think of it in the same way as a sandbox game, in that you can do whatever you feel like inside the sandbox but there are invisible walls surrounding the entire area in which you are and no matter what you try you cannot affect anything outside of the defined area you are playing in.